Using Kahoot! in Evidence-based Programs

In this guest post, Abby Terry, an educator with Mothers and Babies in Binghamton, shares a hot tip!

When presenting our middle school life skills and using a “Jeopardy” style review game, a student suggested we use Kahoot! instead.  We investigated and found that by changing the question format to multiple choice, it would work well and be engaging for all students.  Students were already familiar with the game from other classes and are instantly excited when they hear there will be a Kahoot! 

The level of student excitement and engagement prompted us to put the Myth and Fact activity from Be Proud, Be Responsible into Kahoot! as well.   Immediately, we could see the benefits of every student responding with less time to be influenced by their peers.  We had real-time feedback of what the majority of students understood, or what we would need to clarify.  We are also able to gather trend data from the Kahoot! website by downloading reports.  One hiccup was that we were only able to do this for schools that provide an iPad or tablet for each student.   

We knew that we had to make this available to all students both for the student’s increased excitement and our data collection.  Kahoot! works through an app or the website. We had experience with students using the app, but the app is not available in the Google Play Store, which works with our Kindle Fires.  We didn’t want to allow students open internet access, so we set out to find a work-around.  After some research (involving APK mirrors, etc), we were able to load the Kahoot! app onto all of our Kindle Fires and now we use it at every school for Be Proud, Be Responsible and Making Proud Choices.  It’s even more exciting for the students who don’t have tablet access every day and our results have been fantastic.  For more information about using Kahoot! with evidence-based programs or with Kindle Fires, e-mail aterry@mothersandbabies.org

Abby Terry, Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network

~ Abby Terry,
Mothers and Babies

3 thoughts on “Using Kahoot! in Evidence-based Programs”

  1. Hi Abby,

    This is terrific information! Since most of us have kindles for our pre/post tests this is very doable. I think this may be a summer project (loading the kindles with the app and playing around with Kahoot). Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hello!

    Thanks for sharing Abby, I’m glad to hear other CAPP educators are also utilizing Kahoot! We’ve been using Kahoot in Module 1 of Be Proud, Be Responsible for learning all about HIV & AIDS for about 2 years and the teens absolutely love it! Whether we’re in the classroom or in the community, it always adds excitement to the program. There’s even a way to add points for a little competetion, GIFs, and videos to add a little humor which I really think is not only fun but it helps get some of the nerves out early on in the program. We also use Kahoot again for the review game at the end of the program, but I’m intrigued to see how it would go for the myth and fact activity so thanks for that!

    It was also difficult for us to get kahoot onto the kindles but we decided that using the internet on ‘kid mode’ that we control with the hot spot, was our best option. However, there’s some locations that the kahoot will not load since we are using the internet to play. I’m curious to know more about APK mirrors and how you got the app on the kindles like that so I’ll be reaching out for more info!

  3. Hey Abby! It’s cool to see a guest post from a familiar face! 🙂

    Using Kahoot! as a teaching tool is an awesome idea. I’ve seen other group facilitators using Kahoot! for fun in an afterschool program, and the students were using their phones to respond. I totally understand the hesitation in letting them have open Internet access, but I wonder if allowing them to take out their phones for a short activity might be worth it if they put them away after the activity is done. But maybe this will cause chaos–I suppose it’s a trial and error situation!

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